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Untethered

Apr 26, 2015

Untethered_croppedUntethered: A love and death experience written by Julia Edwards and directed by Jen Bloom will be staged at Mountain View Mausoleum beginning May 8th.

The play stars Joy Osmanski, Adam J. Smith, Kevin McCorkle, Gabriella Rhodeen, and Eli Weinberg, and features live music by Steven Van Betten and choreography by Stephanie Zaletel.

In a trailer produced for the play, Julia, Adam, and Joy share their thoughts and impressions:

 

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Adam Jay Smith (Ari): The thing that always struck me about the play—and every time I hear it, every time we read it, and every time we get to perform it—I’m always struck by the amazing balance of the practical realities of what it means to spend potentially the rest of your life with someone and the amazing fear/responsibility that that entails.

 

 

juliaedwardsJulia Edwards: Ellie has nightmares every night that Ari is going to die and she’s consumed with anxiety because she finally has something to lose…I had to do a play about love in a cemetery because love and death are always tethered together and they give each other meaning.

 

 

 

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All production photos by Kathryn Roberts

 

 

 

joyosmanskiJoy Osmanski (Ellie): Right from the start when I read Untethered, what I connected with very quickly was Ellie’s fear. We live in a culture where death is not talked about, it’s handled in a sterile way relative to other cultures, and I get why she’s so afraid of this unknown. What Untethered does…is it merges the very real and very mundane fears of people in their daily lives to this concept of something beyond what anyone of us can imagine and what’s very hard for us to conceive in our brains. What Julia does so beautifully is combine the poetry of that yearning with the very real problem of it.

 

 

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Untethered
Opens Friday, May 8th, 8 p.m.
Runs through Sunday, June 7th
Friday & Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 7:30 p.m.
Bonus show, Thursday, June 4th, 8 p.m.
Mt. View Mausoleum, 2400 Fair Oaks Ave., Altadena 91001
Tickets: $30, purchase here or call 1.323.960.1054
For complete info, visit UntetheredThePlay.com

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Additional Show Info
Running time: 120 minutes.
There will be an intermission.
Performance venue is on the 2nd floor and there is no public elevator. Much of the show takes place in an outdoor patio, so please bundle up as Altadena nights can be chilly. The audience will be moved during the performance. Some chairs will be available in all viewing locations for those who need them but be advised that we will walk down long hallways, down stairs, and the audience will be standing or sitting on stairs for short scenes.

Untethered is a project of Pasadena Arts Council’s EMERGE program.

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FROM THE PLAYWRIGHT

This play was born in 2002 on the day I said I would marry my husband. I had nightmares. Bad ones. He died in lots of them. Suddenly I had something to lose. And from that moment I understood the delicate relationship between love and death. They are tethered together, each forcing meaning on the other.

This play was born in 1964 when my grandmother suddenly died at the age of 53, leaving my grandfather alone to wander the world, writing haiku. He wrote about how much he missed her. And about regret. About things he should have said to her when she was alive. And worse, things he shouldn’t have said and could now never take back. My grandfather’s haiku have woven themselves into this play because it is also about time and inheritance. About appreciating a moment and repeating our mistakes—and perhaps those that have come before us.

This play was born in 1959 when my parents were married. Fifty years later on their wedding anniversary, I interviewed them. How do you make a marriage last?, I asked. My father, the mathematician, said: time and space. Perhaps that’s why I wrote the fourth dimension into the play? Because when we speak of love, concrete meaning eludes us. Yet every time I write, I write about love. I write about fear. And I write about our messy attempts to find a home. As Ellie says in the play,

I refuse to let time mend my wounds
I refuse to move on
Don’t they understand?
Love is an emotion
It’s a place
You are my home
And I’m not leaving

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JULIA EDWARDS (PLAYWRIGHT) has shown her plays at The Public, South Coast Repertory, Chalk Repertory, Echo Theatre Company, and Salvage Vanguard Theatre, among others. Her play Family Planning (Chalk Rep) was performed site-specifically in residential homes and won the LA Ovation award for Best Production in a small theatre. Her play Lockdown is published with YouthPlays and has been performed in high schools across the country. She is the founder of Pasadena Storylab, a creative writing center for children. She holds a BA in Semiotics from Brown University and an MFA in Playwriting from UCSD.




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